Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. Henry Paker, Ruth Cockburn, and host Rob Mulholland
After a brief career in computer animation, Henry Paker decided to give comedy a go. He started out doing stand up in rooms above pubs, then in rooms below pubs and then eventually in the main body of the pub itself. In 2008 he won the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year and realised he might be onto something. Since then Henry’s many comic talents have seen him carve out a career as a comic writer, stand up, actor and cartoonist.
Henry’s TV appearances include Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live 2014, Russell Howard’s Good News, Comedy Central at The Comedy Store, Josh (series 2), Seann Walsh World, and Edinburgh and Beyond. Henry also co writes and stars in the BBC Radio 4 sketch show Small Scenes and Reincarnation. He’s also appeared on Russell Kane’s Whistle Stop Tour, Act your Age and Arthur Smith’s Balham Bash.
Henry is also one of the most in demand comedy writers in the UK and has written for shows including Michael McIntyre’s Big Show, The Royal Variety Show, Top Gear, Mock the Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Virtually Famous, Josh, and Play to the Whistle.
Henry took his first solo hour of stand up to Edinburgh Festival in 2010 and followed it up with his acclaimed show Cabin Fever (2011), Classic Paker (2013), Unpacked (2014) and Guilty (2016). His narrative comedy show, The Golden Lizard, won him and Mike Wozniak the Best New Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival in 2011, and went on to sell out a run at London’s Soho Theatre.
“One of the funniest men on the planet” - The Guardian
“There’s not a spare syllable or hesitation in the whole hour, he is as precise as music and the audience were delighted to follow his tune” - Chortle
“... scales impressive comedy peaks throughout this entertainingly twisty solo hour” - The Guardian
Ruth has been writing comedy sketches and plays since she graduated in 2005 from Manchester Metropolitan University School of Theatre, where she studied acting. Her comedy plays have been performed in numerous festivals including Sydney"s "Short & Sweet" Festival, Lost Theatre companies One Act Festival, Buxton Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe. Her play "Saturday Boy" was also nominated for Best new writing in Buxtons" Fringe 2008.
She began performing stand up comedy in May 2008. In her first year she was a "Funny Women" semi-finalist, "So You Think You're Funny?" semi-finalist, and came third in Mirth on Monday"s new act competition.
“Ruth's comedy is a particularly potent mix of spot-on, slightly surreal social commentary and brilliantly inventive, hummable and instantly hilarious songs” - Spotlight Comedy
“Highly recommended” - Stoon Buxton Fringe
“Both clever and hilarious in style” - EdFringe
One of the fastest rising new comedians on the circuit, Rob Mulholland fell into comedy after finding a flyer looking for acts to appear at Harrogate Comedy Festival on the ground outside his front door. In the two years since, he has clocked up a huge amount of gigs all over the country ranging from tiny pubs to massive theatres (even performing to 2,000 bikers at an outdoor festival!), and can now be seen most weekends in some of the biggest comedy clubs in the country.
Just as at home as an act or compere, Rob mixes cheeky audience banter with his intricately woven, gag-packed stories; adding a touch of the absurd to his askance glance at everyday life. Rob is 17 feet tall, made of steel and can jump over a mini cooper from a standing start.
Rob is the current Hilarity Bites New Act of the Year, and after finishing runner-up in this year’s Great Yorkshire Fringe New Act of the Year competition has awarded himself the title of "Yorkshire’s Funniest Non-Musical Comedian". He was one half of the anarchic, late-night, yurt-based show #BlurredMinds at the 2015 Edinburgh festival and premiered his first solo show ‘Champion of Comedy’ at the Leicester Comedy Festival in 2016.
“Very, very tall and equally as talented” - Time Out
“Great delivery and a confident swagger... A riot” - Lancashire Evening Telegraph
“Perfect delivery... had the audience bursting into spontaneous applause” - York Press
This show will also feature a newer act in the middle.
Tickets £6 advance / £8 door
The Tithe Bar
2 Friarage Street
Tel: 01609 778 482
Doors open 7:30pm
Show starts 8pm
Show ends 10:30pm (approximately)
Accessibility and seating
Seating is unreserved, usually cabaret style with tables.
Performances take place on the first floor, and unfortunately there isn't a lift.